Taking vitamin C additions can benefit diabetics by reducing elevated blood sugar levels throughout the day, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, also discovered that vitamin C lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes, proposing benefits for heart health too.
According to Glenn Wadley from Deakin University in Australia, the effects may help millions currently experiencing with the health condition. He said, ”We found that participants had a significant 36 per cent drop in the blood sugar spike after meals. This also indicated that they spent almost three hours less per day living in a state of hyperglycaemia.”
He moreover added, “This is extremely positive news as hyperglycaemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in people living with type 2 diabetes. We also found that the dimension of people with hypertension divided after taking the vitamin C capsules, with both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels declining significantly,”
The dosage of vitamin C used in the study was about 10 times the normal dietary intake and readily accessible from most health food stores, researchers said. “Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties can help prevent the high levels of free radicals seen in people with diabetes, and it’s reassuring to see this benefits a number of the disease’s common comorbidities, such as high blood pressure,” he said.
He moreover added, “While physical activity, good nutrition and current diabetes medications are standard care and very important for controlling type 2 diabetes, some people can find it hard to control their blood glucose levels even with medication.”